The California Raisin Marketing Board (CRMB) is calling on entries from professional and student bakers for the third annual America's Best Raisin Bread Contest. The contest, open now through Aug. 16, has expanded the categories of artisan and commercial breads to now include breakfast breads such as rolls, pastries, scones and coffee cakes containing California raisins.

Preliminary judging will take place in September to select nine finalists from each professional category to participate in the final bake-off, which will take place at the American Institute of Baking in Manhattan, Kan., Oct. 14 to 16. The winners will receive a five-day California vacation with visits to the Culinary Institute of America, Yosemite National Park and the San Joaquin Valley--the home of California raisins.

The contest application, complete set of rules and examples of past winning formulas are available online.
The United Fresh Research & Education Foundation has named the winners of the 2010 Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards. The awards, sponsored by Pro*Act, will be presented at United Fresh 2010, April 20 to 23 in Las Vegas.

Winners were selected in five business categories from nearly 100 nominations submitted by produce companies and restaurants across the industry. The 2010 winners in each category are:

Business in Industry and Colleges
Fred Reynaud, corporate executive chef of Guest Services Inc., Fairfax, Va.

Casual and Family Dining
Christopher Jackson, executive chef/owner of Ted & Honey, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Fine Dining
Sydney Meers, chef/owner of Stove, The Restaurant, Portsmouth, Va.

Hotels and Health care
Michael Reich, executive chef of Renaissance Chicago Hotel, Chicago

Quick Service
Thomas John, senior vice president and executive chef of Au Bon Pain, Boston

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Enter the Grade Me Recipe Contest for foodservice professionals, sponsored by Bush Brothers! Contestants have until May 14 to submit to an original side dish that incorporates at least one Bush's Best product. Anyone who visits the Grade Me Recipe Contest Web site can vote on the entries using an A to F scale. Contestants will have the chance to win $5,000 or an XL Big Green Egg grill in addition to being showcased as a Bush Brothers featured chef. Voting ends May 31, and the winners will be notified by June 11. For more information, visit